A few concert listings have us listed as the “Chicken Fat Klezmer Band”. One fine point of distinction–we’re officially the ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra (with no space between chicken and fat).

I don’t suspect this matters much to humans, but I wanted to post this so that search engines can find us if people search for chicken fat klezmer band.

By the way, come hear the ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra, or the Chicken Fat Klezmer Band, or whatever you want to call us, on Saturday, December 12, 9pm, at Relax, 2937 N Milwaukee, Chicago, IL.

We’ll answer to anything.

I just saw a great documentary about the beginnings of the klezmer revival in the late 70s, A Jumpin’ Night in the Garden of Eden.

“A Jumpin’ Night in the Garden of Eden was the first film to document the klezmer revival, tracing the efforts of two founding groups, Kapelye and Boston’s Klezmer Conservatory Band, to recover the lost history of klezmer music.”

You can stream the first half-hour at the Folkstreams website, or try to find it at your local library.

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Our band met in a klezmer class at the Old Town School of Folk Music, an institution that is a wonderful resource for Chicagoans.

I’ve been taking classes there for years. Here’s what keeps me coming back:

  • The teachers are world-class. I’m always amazed at the level of talent there.
  • The atmosphere is friendly. Learning a new skill can be nerve-wracking, but the Old Town School community is welcoming and encouraging, making it easy to learn.
  • They teach a wide variety of musical styles. Don’t be deceived by the word “folk” in the title.  Classes also cover rock, jazz, bluegrass,  country music, world music, and dozens of others.  They teach dance, too!
  • They teach ensemble playing. Once you’ve progressed at learning an instrument, you can join ensembles to learn to play with other musicians.

They are starting a new session of classes next week, so now is a good time to register!



p.s.  — We have a show tomorrow at Bill’s Blues.  Come hear the results of an Old Town School education!

Thursday, October 22
Bill’s Blues
1029 Davis St, Evanston, IL